Small gifts and Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide

You know when you need to spend an extra $5 or want to gift something small? Or you need a few things to toss into the stockings to make them look full. Here are a few tips for filling those stockings:

Magazines, coloring books and activity books

Our parents always included a hot magazine or a coloring or activity book. Now that I think about it, I’m willing to guess they ran into a pharmacy and grabbed a few goodies on Christmas eve. And what a smart buy! full-size books take up a lot of stocking space and make it look full!

This year, consider adding magazine subscription like Sports Illustrated Kids for sports loving kids, Ranger Rick Jr. or High 5 for preschoolers, or one of the many Disney or Nickelodeon-themed magazines for kids of younger elementary years. We also love LEGO and LEGO Jr. magazine, which is FREE!, but the turn around is about 6 weeks from the day you call in and sign up your kids. (DO IT! Sign them up for the subscription anyway!)

If you’re in the market for Sports Illustrated for Kids (my boys’ favorite!) use this subscription link to receive an entire year of SI Kids in print and on tablet for only $19.95 – a 66% savings off the cover price! You get pull-out posters, sports cards and games & sports trivia FREE in every issue! Plus, I have to give a shout-out to my friend Kristie Finnan, who was recently awarded SI KIDS SportsParent of the Year! She’s featured in the issue that will be out on the stands on Friday, December 7. YAY KRISTIE!!!

If you get coloring books or puzzle books, don’t forget a box of fresh new crayons.

Hand X Band

Earlier this year, I introduced you to the Hand X Band which will be a great little add-on gift for anyone who uses their hands. The opposite of a stress ball the Hand X Band expands the muscles in your hand, so that rather than clenching like you do when you hold a tennis racket, a hockey stick, a golf club or even a pen, your working and stretching out the muscles. Have a friend or family member who does small or large weights? He’ll add this to his routine right away. Click this Hand X Band link for more information–and you’ll be lucky enough to see me on their front page trying out the project. (Don’t laugh! That’s how I look at the gym!)

Small Games

This week, both Spot It  and Rory’s Story Cubes were in the 15 most popular gifts on Amazon. Both make for excellent small gift/stocking stuffers because of their size and price. And what I really love about them is that they’re small enough to fit in my bag so I can pull them out when we’re experiencing a long wait at the doctor office or at a restaurant.

Jewelry, make up and accessories

I because of all the magazines, coloring books and candies that filled my stockings, I never expected to find jewelry at the bottom, so you can imagine my surprise when I was 15 and received an engraved necklace at the very bottom. It’s never wrong to give a little (ahem. or a lot) of bling so go for diamonds, pearls, gold, silver… or plastic! Play jewelry is even more fun for little girls.

Gloves, ear muffs and hats are another excellent stocking stuffer/add on–they take up tons of room and everyone can always use new. If you’re looking for gloves for a tween or older, check out these texting gloves.

Another easy add-on/stuffer that every woman (and girl) loves is make-up! Go ahead, sneak through her drawers and get her a new tube of her favorite lipstick or eye make up or Eye Pencil Set or mascara. And if you’re stuffing a little stocking, look for fun lip balm like Disney Princess .

Psst. It’s winter, boys need lip balm, too. Check out this Accoutrements Lip Balm – Bacon. (Ahem, I’m happy to guess that quite a few moms, dads and daughters will receive this lip balm, in addition to all the boys!)

(PS, dear husband, if you’re reading this, I conveniently linked you to a lot of my favorite make-up. Colors, respectively: lipstick 42, aqua shadow 28E or 30E. The others direct link. Kisses!)

And the good ol’ gift card

One of the things my kids really want this year, which slips easily into a stocking or hangs on the tree are gift cards for iTunes, LeapFrog and their favorite stores like Amazon, Toys R Us, Target and Modells. You can never go wrong with a small gift card. (PS again. Starbucks is nice, too. More kisses.)

This post contains affiliate links, thank you. Hand X Band was created by a personal friend of mine. Thank you to Sports Illustrated for the subscription and gift pack. Big waits by the mailbox for your magazine! Hints for my husband are in pink.

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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